Feral Deer

Recent changes to the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002 have formally recognised the significant environmental and social impacts of feral deer in Queensland. Feral Rusa deer are now declared Class 2 pest animals, and Fallow and Red deer are declared Class 3 pest animals. Council and landholders have a legislative obligation to control the numbers of feral deer on their land.

Originally introduced to Brisbane in the 1990's, feral Rusa deer occur throughout the Moggill Creek area. Rusa deer are identified by their large ears, light tufts of hair above the eyebrows and large antlers. Their coat varies from grey to yellow to red-brown, with darker brown on the hindquarters. Undesirable consequences of their presence include destruction of native vegetation, erosion of creeks and waterways, dispersal of weeds, and the possible transmission of livestock parasites and disease. Feral deer damage fences, gardens and infrastructure, and represent a serious traffic hazard for motorists.

For feral deer control to be successful in Brisbane, Council relies on having the support of the community, to create a network of adjacent landholders who report feral deer issues to Council, and allow Council control programs to be undertaken on their private property. Should you have feral Rusa deer on your property and wish to become involved in the Council deer control program, please contact Council on (07) 3403 8888.

More information about feral Rusa deer and other pest animals can be found on the Brisbane City Council website (www.brisbane.qld.gov.au).

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